Healadins Will No Longer Be Supreme Tank Healers In Cataclysm!
News of the pending changes to Paladins is beginning to trickle in, and it looks like the reign of Healadins as the top tank healer in the game may be coming to an end.
Wow.com article is here.
I am not the foremost authority on Holy Paladins, but I think I am savvy enough to appreciate the fact that Beacon is getting nerfed pretty hard.
Paladin heals are getting the Starbucks size treatment just like the rest of the healing classes. (tall, grande and venti heals) In the new system, the tall heal (Flash of Light) is going to be fast and mana inefficient, which means FoL spam is going to be limited to “oh shit” moments. Since Beacon is going to work only with FoL, the amount of healing Beacon does is going to drop significantly.
Beacon will still be useful, but it will no longer be the “Times 2 healing mutherfcuker” spell that it has been.
From what I gather, Holy Light is going to be weakened so that it is the grande heal, and a new spell added to be the venti heal for Paladins. If Blizz sticks with the theme, Holy Light will be the spam it spell for Paladins, since it will have the best mana efficiency, but it won’t do nearly as much healing as Paladins are used to seeing it do.
All of which means that tank healing may not be as simple in Cata as stacking two Healadins and one Disc Priest in 25 man raids.
Paladin healing in Cata should be significantly more interesting than FoL or HL spam, but the cost of more engaging gameplay seems to be less supremacy as tank healers.
It should be interesting.